Going into this year’s free agency period everyone knew the Falcons were going to take a cautious approach to filling holes on the roster considering their salary cap situation. The remainder of the work would be done with draft picks and undrafted free agents.
They’ve done a good job with shoring up their offensive line and the tight end position but they still have areas where a veteran presence would make an impact on a 2019 team that is still expected to be in playoff, and Super Bowl, contention.
One of those positions is at cornerback. The only player on the roster with proven starter experience is Desmond Trufant. Isaiah Oliver and Ryan Neal are coming off their rookie seasons, Taveze Calhoun was on the Falcons practice squad in 2018 and Blidi Wreh-Wilson provides depth but not starting talent.
Fortunately, there are still some quality names on the free agent list and the longer they stay on that list, the more their price tag will go down.
Kayvon Webster has struggled with injuries the past two seasons but provided valuable depth for the Denver Broncos from 2013 to 2016. He was with the Texans last season under a one-year deal for $790,000 but could only play two games. The Falcons could sign him as a minimal risk to a ‘prove it’ deal and let him compete at training camp.
Rashaan Melvin started 10 games for the Indianapolis Colts in 2017 and recorded three interceptions and 36 combined tackles. He struggled with the Oakland Raiders last season but still intercepted one pass and made 56 combined tackles. He’s on Pro Football Focus’ top-25 remaining free agents list and worth a look.
Captain Munnerlyn is 31-years old and was released by the Carolina Panthers. He’s not the player he was a couple of years ago but can still cover the slot, hits hard, plus can provide proven leadership for the young corps of cornerbacks the Falcons currently have.
Those are just three names that would go a long way towards shoring up one of the weakest position groups on the team. There are some others still on the market that can be had depending on age and what the Falcons are willing to pay. What is certain is the team needs experienced help at an important position. Help the draft and undrafted free agents can’t provide.